25th June 2018
Election of Parent Governors
I am writing to invite you to consider standing for election as a parent governor for this school. From September we will have vacancies for two parent governors.
Every Kent school has a governing body, which includes a number of categories of governors including parent governors. Parent governors are elected to serve for a period between one and four years, though they may resign at any time.
Together with the headteacher, the governing body has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Governors are involved in deciding school policies, allocating the school’s budget and appointing senior staff. No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work.
In our school, we have four parent governors who serve for a term of office of 4 years. (Although you are free to resign at any time during this period) The full governing body normally meets once a term (6 times per year) at 6pm at the school.
At this moment in time we are ideally looking for any parent with a willingness to learn the management and curriculum structure of the school and who would be prepared to undertake any relevant training. Kent County Council provides full training for all governors at no charge to the individual, to support governors in their work.
If you would like to stand for election, please call at the school office and collect a nomination form. Each person nominated must be proposed and seconded by parents/carers who have a child at the school. The nomination form should be returned to school by 3.15pm on Tuesday 10th July. Anyone standing for election is invited to provide, with his/her nomination, a short personal statement (maximum of 100 words). The statement should only include biographical information, your reasons for wanting to be a parent governor and the contribution you believe you can make to the governing body.
If the number of nominations received is equal, or less than, the number of vacancies, the nominees will automatically be elected as parent governors. If, however, there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held.
I do hope you will consider standing as a governor or else nominating another parent/carer. If you would like more information about being a school governor, please contact another governor or myself for more information via the school office.